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Metro Starts Compensating Late-Night Workers for Service Cuts

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) has begun offering late-night commuters a travel subsidy in compensation for its service cuts due to maintenance. Commonly known as Metro, the organization announced in a June 24 press release that qualified workers who travel between midnight and 4 a.m. can receive a $3 subsidy toward a shared ride on Lyft for trips between their home and workplace. Its After-Hours Commuter Service will provide approved participants up to 10 discounted rides per week within Metro’s service area. “This program will provide late-night workers with a more affordable transportation option during overnight hours as we advance essential maintenance programs that improve safety and...

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Alexandria Introduces Local Pass for Discounted Fitness Classes

With the summer descending upon us with all its heat in Alexandria, it is high time that we get in shape sooner than any later now. And for the likeminded, the city has devised a cost-saving opportunity. The Alexandria Fitness Pass (AFP), a local adoption of the spirit of the ClassPass, the New York-based subscription service that gifts holders to choose from certain boutique fitness classes at reduced rates, has recently been launched. An AFP membership was initially offered for $275 until May 31 and is now only slightly more expensive at $300. For that price, holders will be able to take...

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Updating your Home Closet Systems

Unless someone’s still stuck in the stone age, chances are that proper organization is not only a desire but also a need in their house. Who wants to spend precious minutes every morning (or night) hauling through piles of things to find the one they need? This is why closet systems have become the left-hand man of every busy man’s life. In today’s world, they serve an even bigger purpose than time efficiency--beautiful closet systems are a mark of luxury and can significantly improve the aesthetic and the resale value of a house. If you are still on the edge...

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Modernize your Traditional Home 

Vintage decor is always in trend and gives your home character, but adding some modern elements, from new countertops, to new cabinets, can update your home with a few small steps. A traditional home may look charming, but can also lack an updated vision -- you can’t just add a new appliance that has a very sleek design without spoiling the look of the traditional ensemble. Finding the right balance to modernize your traditional home can be done! In today’s fast-moving world, not only do you need to keep up with trend of minimalism but also the convenience of innovative...

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Cleaning hacks for your New Kitchen

Do you want an Instagram worthy kitchen? You know those kitchens that look perfect, without an item out of place, and of course not one crumb or finger print on any of the appliances. With our cleaning hacks, including all natural options, you can keep your kitchen looking Pinterest ready all days of the week. Since your kitchen is often the busiest area of the house, knowing a few easy cleaning hacks can help your busy schedule and make it a breeze.  So, here are some cleaning hacks to make sure that elbow grease is not the only thing you...

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Renovate Outdoors to Make Your Home’s Worth Equally Rise

The exterior is to a home what a window is to a shop, according to the Appraisal Institute (AI), and almost whatever homeowners spend on it creates the biggest proportional addition to their home’s worth. Yet, the word ‘almost’ is of critical importance there and AI has explained why. In an April 24 statement on its website, AI, the largest professional association of real estate appraisers across the US, advised homeowners to channel the resources they have slated for home improvements to outdoors as well, rather than restrict them to inside their living spaces. That is, if they mean to let the...

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McLean Teens Start Jobs Site, Put Peers to Work

Residents of McLean, Virginia, didn't have much of an unconventional choice when they needed some work done at their yards until recently. That changed when local teenagers took it on themselves to organize and offer their labor as a meaningful alternative. Regardless of the season, yards require meticulous manual attention. And in a neighborhood such as McLean, known for its beautiful houses with large yards west of the Potomac River, people in jumpsuits mowing lawns, shoveling snow or weeding, mulching around is a typical sight. Now the city's landscape also features teens undertaking those work, benefiting both the community and...

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Closet and Storage Trends 2019

As ephemeral as the home decor trends might be, what you choose to do with them is anything but.  The modern home buyer needs every corner of the house to not only be perfect, but also fit with everything else like a delicate jigsaw puzzle.  And although the kitchen and the living room might hold your place together, an efficient storage solution throughout your house will make or break how you feel about your abode.  Without further ado, here are 10 closet trends to watch out for in 2019. Multifunctional Storage It is no surprise that the home buyers are looking for longevity first and foremost in every aspect...

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Public Art to Transform Frederick, Foster Sense of Community

Investing in public art remains somewhat overshadowed in today’s controversial macro-politics and might even be seen by many as trivial and going against the tide but Frederick County in Maryland has now a major plan to prove them wrong. The Frederick Arts Council (FAC), a non-profit that first convened in 1976 following a devastating flood in the area, has recently unveiled a symbolic blueprint, its Public Art Master Plan, to bolster both the region’s identity as “one of the nation’s leading small cities for the arts” and its residents’ sense of unity and belonging. For Jan Gardner, the county executive, public art is also important for economic development and...

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Fairfax Bids to Host First Indoor Ski Resort in US

Winter fun may come and simply last to never end in Fairfax, should a proposed public private partnership (P3) is approved by the country administration and put to action.  According to a report released by the Sports Tourism Task Force, the Netherlands-based entertainment firm SnowWorld is in the process of making final preparations before entering an association with the county to build the first indoor ski resort in the US. Upon completion following a construction expected to take 18 to 24 months, the facility would also include a 100-room hotel and restaurants, offering “significant” economic benefits to Fairfax in terms...

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